JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Representatives from Missouri public transit systems say a bill to allow guns on buses and trains strips local control.

St. Peters Republican Rep. Ron Hicks told a House committee Wednesday that the bill would give Missourians another tool to protect themselves.

Hicks says he has felt unsafe riding the MetroLink train in St. Louis and cited an instance when he saw another man carrying a gun.

Weapons now are not permitted on the transit system.

But lobbyists for Kansas City, St. Louis and other state public transportation systems say lawmakers should let locals to decide whether to permit guns.

The bill was one of several discussed Wednesday that would expand where gun owners with concealed carry permits can take their weapons.

 

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